Brisbane hospitality group – The Cuatro Group – prepares to open new venue, Antico. Photo by Markus Ravik.
Six years on from our interview at Cobbler with Brisbane hospitality icon, Martin Lange – when he was gearing up to open Savile Row in Fortitude Valley – the success of his work has attracted a powerful team and evolved into a partnership with three more members: Wiebke Lange, Blake Ward, and Belinda Ward.
Calling themselves, the Cuatro Group, the team have come to be known for the transformations of heritage sites into cocktail bars with Death & Taxes and Dr Gimlette.
Anticipation is now building for their third endeavour, Antico – an Italian-inspired, sleek cocktail bar in Brisbane’s Burnett Lane. Familiar leather chairs, tiling work and black marble bar from the other two venues are all set to feature, while food appears on the menu for the first time and Campari and soda is available on tap.
Belinda Ward shared that the group intends to offer a house negroni using their signature vermouth blend, Campari and a collaboration gin with local distillery, Nosferatu. There’s a view to bottle and sell this cocktail as an RTD for imbibers at home.
This opportunity echoes a similar growth trajectory to that of Melbourne’s Made In The Shade group with Everleigh Bottling Co. in 2015. Made In The Shade also own Navy Strength Ice Co. and have recently expanded into Brisbane.